Nov. 26, 2013
|| #21/19 Memphis (2-1) vs Siena (2-4)
||Thursday, November 28 - 5:30 p.m. CT | Orlando, Fla./HP Field House
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The Last Meeting
January 3, 2008
Tigers Cruises Past Siena, 102-58
Reserve Jeff Robinson scored 20 points and Chris Douglas-Roberts added 19, including 17 in the first half, to lead No. 2 Memphis to a 102-58 victory over Siena on Thursday night.
SETTING THE SCENE
Memphis (2-1, 0-0 The American) travels to Orlando, Fla., for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to compete in the 2013 Old Spice Classic. The Tigers open Old Spice Classic bracket play Thursday, Nov. 28 when they meet Siena (2-4, 0-0 MAAC).
The Memphis-Siena game, to be televised on ESPN2, is slated for a 5:30 p.m. (CT) tip at the HP Field House in the Disney Wide World of Sports park.
The Tigers remained in both national polls this week. Memphis is ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Siena is not ranked.
Memphis and Siena both have already played a non-bracket game in the 2013 Old Spice Classic. The Tigers fell at No. 7/9 Oklahoma State 101-80 Nov. 19, and the Saints dropped an 81-73 decision at Purdue Nov. 24.
The Tigers posted victories in their other two regular-season contests. Memphis defeated Austin Peay 95-69 in their season opener Nov. 14 and Nicholls 95-59 Nov. 23.
In its lone exhibition game Nov. 8, the Tigers defeated Christian Brothers 92-63.
Prior to the exhibition, the Tigers participated in a closed scrimmage Nov. 2 against Baylor on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston, La.
Memphis returns three starters, but only five letterwinners from last year's squad.
Thursday's contest in Orlando, Fla., is the fifth game away from Loudonville, N.Y., for Siena. The Saints have already played four road games in November.
The Saints returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's squad.
WHAT THE SAINTS DID A YEAR AGO
Siena posted an 8-24 overall record and a 4-10 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) mark in 2012-13.
The Saints finished in ninth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season standings.
In the MAAC Tournament, Siena, the No. 9 seed, won its opening-round game over No. 8 seed Marist 70-64. The Saints dropped a 74-62 decision to Niagara in the tournament's next round.
SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Siena brings a 2-4 overall record into Thursday's Old Spice Classic quarterfinal match-up.
Thursday's contest is the fifth of seven games away from the Saints' homecourt in the month of November. Siena previously played road games at Vermont, La Salle, Cornell and Purdue.
Four of the Saints' six games have been decided by single digits (2-2 record).
Juniors Rob Poole (15.5 ppg) and Evan Hymes (10.8 ppg) are the Saints' only two double-figure scorers.
Imoh Silas is the squad's top rebounder at 6.7 rpg. Three other Saints -- Poole (6.3 rpg), Lavon Long (5.3 rpg) and Brett Bisping (5.0 rpg) -- average five rebounds or better.
Marquis Wright is Siena's top playmaker with 42 total assists (5.3 apg).
Poole is the team's top three-point threat at 33.3 percent from the arc.
Siena is shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, 27.5 percent from the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line.
Opponents are out-rebounding the Saints by a narrow margin of 0.2 boards per game (38.5-38.3).
Jimmy Patsos is in his first season as the head coach at Siena. He has a 2-4 record at the school. Prior to Siena, Patsos coached nine seasons at Loyola, Md., and had a 145-135 record as the Greyhounds head coach.
HEY, WE REMEMBER HIM!
Tigers fans may do a double-take when they look at the Siena bench Thursday, as they will see a familiar face with a different team.
Siena first-year head coach Jimmy Patsos was the head coach at Loyola, Md., last season when the Greyhounds made a visit to FedExForum.
Patsos' Greyhounds fell to Memphis 78-64 on Dec. 30, 2012.
It was Loyola, Md.'s, first trip to FedExForum.
MEMPHIS VS. THE METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Memphis has won its last six games versus current MAAC foes. (Note: Last season, Memphis played Loyola, Md., and the Greyhounds were a MAAC member then. However, Loyola, Md., transitioned to the Patriot League in 2013-14.)
The Tigers have played Canisius (0-2), Fairfield (1-0), Iona (2-0), Manhattan (2-1), Marist (2-0) and Siena (1-1).
After Thursday's contest with Siena, the five MAAC schools Memphis has not played are Monmouth, Niagara, Quinnipiac, Rider and Saint Peter's.
The last time the Tigers played a MAAC foe was the 2008-09 campaign. That season, Memphis hosted both Fairfield and Marist at FedExForum and won both contests.
The last time Memphis lost to a MAAC opponent was in the 1965-66 campaign. On Jan. 1, 1966, the Tigers dropped a 92-89 decision to Canisius at the Queen City Tournament held in Buffalo, N.Y.
IT'S AN NCAA RING THING
Both head coaches in Thursday's Memphis-Siena match-up have NCAA title rings.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner won his NCAA title as a player on the 1996-97 Arizona squad.
Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos won his NCAA crown in 2001-02 as an assistant coach on Gary Williams' staff at Maryland.
2001 FINAL FOUR REUNION THURSDAY
Thursday's Old Spice Classic quarterfinal contest is a 2001 NCAA Final Four reunion for the two head coaches.
Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos both were at the 2001 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis, Minn.
Pastner was on Lute Olson's Arizona staff that defeated Michigan State in the national semifinal, before falling to Duke in the title contest. Patsos was a member of Gary Williams' Maryland staff that lost to Duke in the national semifinal.
HIDE YOUR EYES!
Thursday's Old Spice Classic quarterfinal contest may not be a pretty sight in shooting from long distance.
Memphis and Siena both are at or near the bottom of their respective leagues in three-point shooting percentage.
The Tigers are 10th (last) in the American Athletic Conference in three-point shooting percentage (29.7), while the Saints are ninth (of 11 teams) in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in trey percentage (27.5).
TIGERS PLAYING ON TURKEY DAY
Thanksgiving Day is usually one for watching the NFL players "work," with the rest of us relaxing and eating turkey and dressing.
But, for only the third time in school history and the second-straight season, the Tigers basketball program will "work" on Thanksgiving Day when Memphis meets Siena Thursday in a 2013 Old Spice Classic contest.
The previous two times Memphis played on Thanksgiving Day was in 2000-01 and 2012-13. The Tigers have a 1-1 record when playing on Thanksgiving.
In 2000-01, the Tigers opened play in the Puerto Rico Shootout with a 60-59 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 23, 2000.
Last season (2012-13), Memphis played VCU on Thanksgiving Day and dropped a 78-65 decision to the Rams.
TIGERS IN IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
Thursday's encounter with Siena is the Tigers' quarterfinal contest in the Old Spice Classic.
Memphis played an Old Spice Classic "opening round" (non-bracketed) game at Oklahoma State Nov. 19. The Cowboys won that contest 101-80.
The Tigers have a 97-66 overall record (.595 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics in the program's history.
Under head coach Josh Pastner, the Tigers have an 11-8 record (.579 winning percentage) in regular-season tournaments/classics.
Last season, Memphis was 2-2 in regular-season tournaments/classics. The Tigers competed in the Battle 4 Atlantis event in The Bahamas.
The Old Spice Classic is one of two regular-season tournaments/classics the Tigers are playing in this season. Memphis meets Florida in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City Dec. 17.
Memphis has won 16 in-season tournament titles/classics.
The last time the Tigers carried home the trophy from an in-season tournament (more than one game) came in 2010-11. Memphis won the Global Sports Challenge with wins over Centenary, Northwestern State, LSU and UT Martin.
TIGERS IN IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS IN STATE OF FLORIDA
When it comes to playing in-season tournaments in the state of Florida, it's been a case of long time, no see for the Tigers.
Memphis has two previous in-season tournament appearances in the state of Florida (2-2 record), but both were back in the mid-1970s.
The Tigers competed in both the 1974 Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., and 1976 Big Sun Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Memphis placed second in both tournaments. The Tigers lost to Penn State 61-58 in the 1974 Gator Bowl Tournament title game and Florida 84-83 in the 1976 Big Sun Tournament championship contest.
21ST CENTURY SUCCESS VS. FLORIDA SCHOOLS IN STATE OF FLORIDA
In the 21st century, Memphis has been rather successful playing Florida NCAA Division I programs inside the Sunshine state lines.
The Tigers have a 9-2 record (.818 winning percentage) when playing Florida NCAA Division I programs inside the Florida state lines since 2000-01.
Memphis is 4-0 versus USF, 4-1 versus UCF and 1-1 vs. Miami, Fla., and both losses were single-digit setbacks.
MEMPHIS SUCCESS IN ORLANDO
The Tigers have a 4-2 record (.667 winning percentage) when playing in Orlando in the program's history.
Five of those six Orlando games were against conference foe UCF (as Conference USA members), and Memphis was 4-1 in those match-ups.
The other Tigers game in the city of Orlando came in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, and it's a game most Memphis fans want to forget.
In that NCAA Tournament first-round contest, the Tigers dropped a narrow 55-52 decision to Western Kentucky.
The game was the final one of Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway's illustrious collegiate career at Memphis.
KING NAMED CONFERENCE'S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Nick King made Tigers basketball history Nov. 25 when the American Athletic Conference office named him the league's Rookie of the Week.
King is the first player in the program's history to earn a weekly honor from The American.
In last week's two games, King averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds against No. 7/9 Oklahoma State and Nicholls.
The Memphis, Tenn., native also shot 57.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the three-point arc.
King scored a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight boards versus the Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla., Nov. 19. He netted his 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, 1-of-2 from the arc and 6-of-9 from the free throw line.
Against Nicholls Nov. 23, King had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.
A KING SCORER
Well, he's not at the top of the list, but Nick King's scoring performance in his first three collegiate games ranks up there with the best Tigers freshmen since 2000-01.
King scored 48 points in his first three collegiate games, the fifth-highest scoring performance by a freshman in his first three college contests.
King's 23 points were the most by a Memphis freshman in one of his first three college games since Shawne Williams scored 26 points in the third game of his college career in 2005-06 (versus UCLA).
The following lists the top-five, first-three collegiate game performances by a Tigers freshman since 2000-01:
Dajuan Wagner/2001-02 18-32-26-76
Derrick Rose/2007-08 17-21-17-55
Shawne Williams/2005-06 17-7-26-50
Tyreke Evans/2008-09 19-19-11-49
Nick King/2013-14 13-23-12-48
A FREE THROW LINE PARADE
The Tigers went to the free throw line 50 times in their Nov. 23 win over Nicholls. Memphis was 31-of-50 from the foul line versus the Colonels.
The 50 free throw attempts were the most by a Tigers team since Memphis shot 52 free throws in a 107-75 victory over Cincinnati on Jan. 12, 1982.